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Grateful Dead Live at Harding Theater on 1971-11-07

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Grateful Dead Live at Harding Theater on 1971-11-07

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Truckin', Brown Eyed Women, Beat It On Down The Line, Hideaway, Sugaree, Jack Straw, Tennessee Jed, Cumberland Blues, El Paso, Big Railroad Blues, Comes A Time, Mexicali Blues, One More Saturday Night Ramble On Rose, Me And Bobby McGee, Loser, Sugar Magnolia, Dark Star-> Drums-> The Other One-> Me & My Uncle-> The Other One, Deal, Brokedown Palace, Playin' In The Band, Casey Jones, Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away, E: Johnny B. Goode, E: Uncle John's Band

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Harding Theater
Location San Francisco, CA

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD : Pre-FM Reel > DAT > CD
Taped by
Transferred by


SBD : Pre-FM Reel > DAT > CD; via Seth Kaplan


Reviewer: MartinBrody - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 30, 2013
Subject: Cumberland Blues
Wow! Cumberland smokes! Now, I know we all are allowed to have our opinions on things; but everyone complaining about the bad sound quality, y'all's crazy!! I feel like I'm in the room with them. And man, they are just on fire tonight. Kreutzmann is driving these grooves hard! And Keith is playing the sh*t out of that ragtime piano, Phil is all up in the mix and grooving the hell out of it, Jerry....whatever I could go on all night. This is one of my new favorite shows. '71 is underrated!
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 13, 2013
Subject: crank Playin'
This has one of the better Playing's of '71. Some like 8/15 are dreadful comparably, so crank it up.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 4, 2013
Subject: =
Definitely a good show, but not one of my favorites from '71.
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 10, 2012
Subject: A Relaxing Time With The Family
Perhaps of all the concerts the Dead played, this concert has probably the most stage patter between the band members, from the stage to offstage and from the stage to the audience -- especially from Jerry, who chats up both the band and the fans quite a bit. You can tell he's very relaxed and that relaxation translates into a phenomonal performance. Jerry coaxes so many differing tones from his Strat that it's impossible to even begin to categorize them. Let's just say he's all over the fretboards. Also, the little sidebars, fills and colorizations are exemplary of the kind of inventive guitar work that Garcia was capable of when he was feeling good.

A few years later I asked Jerry why he had abandoned using the Strat and he said because it was difficult for him to keep them in tune, but that he much preferred the Strat tone over the Gibson's. This is what led him to the Wolf guitar which was a Gibson head with a Strat heart. Eventually he abandoned the Wolf for primarily the Tiger because of the midi capability of these later axes. I would venture to say that if he'd been able to instill more of the Strat tone into the Tiger, he would have been very pleased. Don't get me wrong, The Tiger is an amazing guitar with a wonderful tone, but it never had the tone that the Wolf, or his earlier Strats had, IMHO.

Besides Jerry, the entire band is really tight and both taking and making cues all night long.

This was an invitation only concert for the extended family and I was lucky enough to attend both unforgettable nights.

Can't say which version is better. They are both just okay recording-wise, but definitely listenable.

I wrote a review on the other version. You should read it -- it's a pretty good review -- if I say so myself. I was inspired. This was one of the best nights of my life.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 7, 2012
Subject: --
The pre-FM sound here is just so thunderous, so Phil-led, so perfectly cozy...absolutely irresistible is this show. Listen to it on speaker set with a good subwoofer or something.

THe only caveat I'll note here is Brown-Eyed Women - there are too many glitches, pops, and dropouts to be able to enjoy it; frustrating, but, kids, even without it this show gets close to three and a half hours of absolute beauty, distorted piano and all - gimme gimme!

And, yes, that Other One does indeed "play" Me and My Uncle - you really have to listen to this to understand what everyone's talking about - I've never really heard anything like it before nor since - it's as if that cowboy tune is sort of superimposed over the jam, or it's being pushed by a swirling jet-stream of sound back into oblivion - they did that abrupt turn away from the cowboy tune many times as a sort of gimmick in '71-'72, but this one has something frightening going on with it...

This may be the best overall show of '71.
Reviewer: Box Burner - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 7, 2011
Subject: Honky Tonk Piano
It is indeed a "Honky-Tonk Piano" that Kieth is playing. It must have been provided by the venue. I wonder how Kieth felt about it? I bet Jerry was diggin' it.

The Wikipedia reference given below refers more to a style of music that is referred to as Honky-Tonk. A Honky-Tonk Piano is an actual instrument. However there is no Honky-Tonk brand name, nor is there a Honky-Tonk model from any piano manufacturer. A Honky-Tonk piano can be any brand or manufacture of piano but it is almost always an upright instead of a grand. A Honky-Tonk piano is a piano that is gloriously out of tune! A piano that is out of tune in such a way that it is actually an enhancement to the music being played. You cannot ask your piano tuner to tune it that way, he will not know how. They are not made. They just happen. there are a few factors involved with changes in weather & humidity as well as not having been tuned for a very long time being the prime factors.

Sure adds a sweet touch t this performance. Ya gotta love it.
Reviewer: Mu-tron - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 1, 2011
Subject: Gestalt Linkage
Warm your hands by the fire of Dark Star.
Reviewer: average_joe - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 13, 2008
Subject: Beyond Description....
This show kills. Listen to the stream, get a copy, go for a drive. Phenomenal show. Period. I am still trying to pick my jaw up off the floor. Straight through, as solid a show as you could ever ask for.
The Dark Star is great. Especially Phil after the verse, he is really driving and pushing this song. Into a Drums and The Other One that is fantastic.
About this point I found myself saying one of a few things I thought I would never say, "that Me and My Uncle kicked ass." I dig the tune, but this one has a mean groove to it that I don't ever remember hearing in it. And then back into some psychedelic Other One that just pushed the envelope a little further.
This is one of those shows that will make you smile.
A lot.
Peace. Jesus Saves.
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 5, 2008
Subject: Keith's sound still has some distortion from last night..hmm.
Keiths piano still distorts from time to time...but it's not as bad as the previous night. This show is listenable despite the lousy mic job on Keith.

I guess when you try to mic an accoustic piano and make is as loud as Jerry and Phil, you are confronted with some technical issues; especially if it's 1971 and you are at the Harding Theater in San Francisco and drugs are everywhere.

The sound people do a better job than last night, but that ain't sayin much. Keith gets drowned out this night too. Oh, well...It is a great show if you can concentrate on the music, and not the technical issues and the horrible way Keith is amplified.

By the time "Me and Bobby McGee" is performed the sound guys get Keith's piano working properly, TG.

The rest of the show is fantastic and Keith can be heard without distortion. Another example of the DEAD's abilty to focus on the music.

You could compile songs from both nights and have ONE great recording of THE DEAD from this venue without the distortion noise from Keiths piano. Thanks for making boths shows available to us. Thanks for the Love.
Reviewer: jerkwaterdan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2008
Subject: Even The Tune-Up Jams Are Epic..
This is such a great show even the tune-up between songs breaks out into a fantastic cover of Freddy King's "Hideaway"! Every version of every song played is a gem here. This show also has maybe the hottest NFA>GDTRFB>NFA ever played. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: breck/andrew - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 21, 2007
Subject: HOT SHOW
What a nice spot for the HIDEAWAY...Other1 was a scorcher and second set was just a feel good set...Used to have this tape and played it to death, now get to listen to the board...
Reviewer: mcgannahan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 13, 2007
Subject: don't let sound bring you down.
you can feel the energy and good vibes comin through this recording, this is a terrific show, and in 71 the band's pa system wasn't at it's peak either, however,the playing was. bottom line, you need to get this one, and feel lucky you are able to do so, imagine if we were all stuck with just commercial releases. i kinda like these rough around the edges boards, everything's of course not exactly perfect, but then again, what is?
Reviewer: Billiam - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 29, 2006
Subject: I Was There
This one is Sunday, night before was Saturday. I scored a ticket for Sunday and a cute hippie chick at the door let me into the sold out show Saturday night (my first show ever). This was after I had snuck up the fire escape and into the balcony for the opening chords of Bertha before being kicked out.
I could swear Jerry introduced one song with "here's one for you Poco fans" but I have no idea what it was.
Anyway, together they were the best shows I ever saw out of a hundred or so.
Reviewer: kingdork - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 19, 2006
Subject: Top Quality
4 out of 5
Reviewer: jhender501 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 30, 2006
Subject: Another one I wish I'd Got
Add this to the list of shows I wish I'd got while I could. This and the night before (or is it the night after)..used to have them on tape but completely forgot about them until just today.

Love the honkeytonk piano! all around great show.

Reviewer: A Dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 14, 2006
Subject: Cracklin' Good !
First off, I can't believe I'm the only one who recognizes a Honky Tonk Piano !

There is no distortion in the piano feed - it is quite clear. Keith is playing a Honky Tonk Piano - see

(This is unlike the previous night, where there were serious problems with the piano feed, which no doubt cause some to assume that those problems continued into the following night - which actually rarely occurs.)

The first disk is excellent, it cools a little through the middle part (although still fine), and then the NFA-GDTRFB-NFA is outstanding and not to be missed.
Reviewer: Joe Shlobotnick - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 15, 2005
Subject: right on
Love this show, it is tremendous, top 5 of 71.

For all those who say this is not the best show of 71, I agree... that honor, IMHO is not 4/29, its 8/6. :)
Reviewer: geronimo1 - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 19, 2005
Subject: Good
Encore is missing and there is some reverb type static, but it is worth the DL.
Reviewer: vadead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 17, 2005
Subject: Ahhharding!!
Hot show, 5 stars easy. People don't be so critical. It's a board yes but it's also 34 years old and hasn't had the edges smoothed out like a Dick's Picks. How can this not be a fiver!!
Reviewer: stratocaster - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 19, 2005
Subject: 11-7-1971
A must have show. Waves of energy radiate throughout this performance. El Paso, Cumberland, One More Saturday Night, Not Fade Away>Goin' Down the Road> Not Fade Away are some of the best versions you'll ever hear...everything is pretyy much top shelf, mind you, some of the material is very fresh and would peak in later years...check it out, the quality improves after the first couple of tunes...5 star 1971 performance, 4 star quality
Reviewer: Patty Falafal - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 10, 2005
Subject: treats my ears!
maybe not the "best" sound for the year but much more than the set lists...good sound...great playing...not five stars (I hold those for the truly deserving) but my fav of the year when it comes down to it, though 4-29 would have to be right there as well...agree with earlier review that this was definitely a pre-cursor to the upcoming phenom known as 72.
Reviewer: gimmikk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 23, 2005
Subject: Definately not 5 Stars
4 Stars without question. There are few tape warbles to be had . But overall it is a great show hands down. Sound quality is excellent.. minus the few minor tape problems. Nothing quite like the energy of the 71 shows. You can really tell the boys were having fun. very laid back and you gotta love the stage banter from time . Best show of the year...?? Not for my ears :)))) But a must have to any good collection . Better shows in 71 than this one .
Reviewer: skwimite - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 22, 2005
Subject: 2nd place
Shoot me, but I still think 11/6/71 is a better "sounding" show. The bass seems more solid,and the rattle from the piano isn't as bad. The playing and energy are, of course, superb. I always loved "Truckin'" as an opening number. This show really is a must have! But check out Saturday night too.
Reviewer: Tore up - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2005
Subject: Do it
Do it!
Do it.
Reviewer: Bobby McGee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 28, 2004
Subject: Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I can't belive the reviews I have read about the poor sound quality of this show. It is an almost MINT recording made even better by how high the mighty Phil is in the mix. Both him and Jerry dominate the mix and are both on absolute FIRE!!!!
Best Dead show ever? I am beginning to think so.
The best NFA>GDTRFB>NFA for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just my 2 cents of course.
Reviewer: samson - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 29, 2004
Subject: Rough sound but worth every penny
Fantastic show with alot of energy and passion. I was not really a fan of 71 but have been digging around to find a reason to be and this show is just one of those reasons. The band delivers with lots of energy on this one! It seems like a nice lead up to the December shows! Definately a must for anyone who wants to hop in the car and drive fast. Fans of Kieth shouldn't be disapointed- you can really hear everything he does.
Sound is an issue though- this is NOT a show to kick back to with the headphones on. There is a good amount of dropouts, distortion, and muddiness. HOWEVER- due to the performance, I would still suggest this to anyone! I give it a 5 for performance and a 3 for sound.
Reviewer: feellikeastranger - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 15, 2004
Subject: PHAT SHOW!!!!
dark star>drumz>other one> me & my uncle> other one....not to mention the jams between the jam, need i say more? more than worth the DL. i have this on tape as well. i'm happy with the SQ on this show here. i give it 5* for the jam. you will be happy that you DL this gem.
Reviewer: BillDP - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 22, 2004
Subject: Too Good To Describe!
Quite simply, the best rock and roll show I have ever heard from any band ever! Thanks Archive!
Reviewer: dr. flashback - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 9, 2004
Subject: Top 5!!
Boy what a tremendous show! Would be my favorite for the year if it weren't for the few flaws, mostly the distortion from the piano feed. But the playing is outstanding all the way. The Harding is a place like we all dream we could have seen the Dead - an old historic theater that feels like your living room with cool lights and comfy chairs.So this show has a small, intimate feeling, very warm and personal. Jerry is really on, shining versions of Sugaree, Cumberland, Loser and Comes a Time. And very seldom post-1969 do they play Dark Star and the Other One in the same show. Tonight we get a double dip of Cosmic Chip ice cream, the Other One even wilder than the Dark Star. Even with the B sound quality, I have to give this show 5 stars. Listen to Keith's playing on this show. He's really hitting his stride.
Dr. Flasback ;-)
Reviewer: Wharf Rat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 12, 2004
Subject: not quite crystal
Most of the shows on the archive are amazing sound quality, however this one leaves something to be desired. The show itself is wonderful, and after a couple songs you adjust to the preFM quality. Seems to harken back to the days of tape trading.
Reviewer: Brett44 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 11, 2004
Subject: Wonderful Performance
This is a great performance, one of the best from Fall '71. I was a little disappointed in the sound quality of these Pre-FM reels however. I have an old copy of the FM broadcast from 2nd gen cassettes and in some ways it's better than these reels.

This Pre-FM source has several dropouts in Brown Eyed Woman which aren't present on the broadcast version I have. Also, the piano on this Pre-FM is pretty distorted for most of the show. It's mildly annoying to say the least. Of course the overall sound quality of the Pre-FM version is better than my broadcast tapes, less hiss and cleaner overall.

However the dropouts and piano distortion drop this to 4 stars.
Reviewer: jeffsetz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 7, 2004
Subject: A top 5 show in my book
This was the 1st live Dead show I acquired back in the late 70s. I've worn out several copies over the years. It's easily one of the band's all time greats and one of my absolute faves. Every song played is a gem.
Reviewer: Sachin78 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 7, 2004
Subject: Download this show
This is one of my all-time fav's. Back when I first got hooked up by a kind soul, he made me 10 shows of his choice, as I had no idea. So he made me this, 5/8, 10/09, etc. Almost every song on here is the textbook version, but highlights include a beautiful Comes a Time (with some interesting alternate lyrics), thunderous O1, and a NFA>GDTR>NFA that makes you wanna get naked and air-guitar. Driving anywhere with the first set is a pure joy, too. Keith's plinkin' adds a really nice touch, too. Get it.

Also, if I haven't said it before, Archive is really hooking it up. Please take a moment to pause and appreciate this stuff. You have practically the ENTIRE GD recorded history at your fingertips. Unbelievable...
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